In addition to leading Aston Lark, which has over 1,500 staff across 53 locations in the UK and Ireland, Blanc is also non-executive chairman of Hastings Insurance Services Ltd, the broker arm of Hastings Direct, and, until recently, served as chairman of the Large Brokers’ Advisory Board at the British Insurance Brokers Insurance Association (BIBA).
Over the coming months Blanc will work closely with current CII president and CEO of Aon UK Ltd, Julie Page, before taking over as president and chair of the President’s Forum on January 01, 2022. The CII President’s Forum was created earlier in 2021 to explore new and emerging risks and how the insurance profession can address unmet consumer needs.
Commenting on the news, Blanc said: “The pandemic has shone a light on how important it is to have insurance solutions that can keep businesses going, so I look forward to becoming president of the CII in 2022 and continuing the professional body’s amazing work to examine ways to close the gap between what consumers expect insurance services to entail and the reality.
“As a profession it is vital that we get to grips with the cause of the expectation gap and how to better educate consumers around coverage. Having cover in place is essential if our customers are to do and achieve more in the years to come.”
In additional news from the CII’s AGM today, Russell Higginbotham was appointed to the role of deputy president. Higginbotham was appointed as Swiss Re’s CEO Reinsurance Asia and regional president Asia on July 08, 2019 and, from his Singapore base, oversees over 2,000 staff across 11 Asian cities.
Sian Fisher, CEO of the Chartered Insurance Institute, noted: “I would like to thank Julie for her excellent, continuing work as president during these challenging times and for her focus on establishing the President’s Forum and ways our profession can address unmet needs.
“I look forward to working closely with Peter as our new president in 2022 and look forward to working with him on how our profession can adapt, evolve and innovate our products and services in order to maintain the importance and relevance of insurance to the customers it serves.”